FC Dynamo Kyiv failed to secure the points they needed against Dutch side Feyenoord to improve their vulnerable position in Champions League Group E, hardly creating a chance of note in the entire match in Rotterdam.
Struggle on the cards
Defeated 5-0 by Juventus FC in Turin last week and with losses in each of their last seven away fixtures in the UEFA Champions League, the Ukrainian side were always likely to struggle.
Three points in bank
However, it might be that coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko was not entirely dissatisfied with the draw as only a defeat would have been disastrous, their opening-day 2-0 home win over Newcastle United FC giving them three points.
Neither side seriously threatened in the first half as Feyenoord were content to slow the pace of the game and Dynamo could find no way past the Dutch defence, which looked composed and solid.
Trio of free-kicks
But if Bert van Marwijk's team seemed confident, they still failed to create any clear-cut chances, with only three free-kicks from Pierre Van Hooijdonk capturing the attention. His first attempt on 19 minutes was punched away by goalkeeper Vitaliy Reva, the second rustled the side-netting and the last went straight into the wall.
Olexandr Melaschenko and Bulgarian midfield player Gueorghi Peev looked lively for the visitors, the latter unlucky not to get on the end of a threaded ball from his Ukrainian team-mate on 34 minutes. Goran Gavrancic then thundered a shot wide from outside the box a minute later, but these efforts were isolated.
Feyenoord came out for the second half determined to inject more passion into their display, coach Van Marwijk clearly having had words in the interval. The instructions paid off as the Dutch side made all the running. Van Hooijdonk was close to open the scoring when he athletically volleyed over after a great cross from Tomasz Rzasa and Ono then sending a shot centimetres wide of the post.
Two minutes later Van Hooijdonk again had the crowd willing him to work some magic from a free-kick but despite hitting his shot well, his strike lacked the guile to beat Reva. The only occasion Dynamo caused alarm came in the 66th minute when Feyenoord had a rare shaky moment, Zoetebier spilling Melaschenko's shot and the defence hurrying to clear.
Paul Bosvelt twice kept the Dynamo defence on their toes as the match petered out, shooting on the turn on 70 minutes to force a stop from Reva, then breaking into the box to get on the end of a pass from Bonaventure Kalou but he could not finish.